It's lashing. My vision of France had not included a single drop of rain, and so accordingly, I left my rain jacket behind in Dublin. Rookie mistake. Honestly I don't think I left it at home on purpose, but it was possibly some subconscious wishful thinking. Anyway, turns out it would have been pretty useful. This is day 3 of solid rain, and there's more due tomorrow.
Were we mad to turn down a job in St. Tropez?
After much deliberation and a u-turn at the last minute, we headed west to the Atlantic. Despite the rain, I know we made the right decision, because it's where we really wanted to go, and we knew that it had an element of the unknown, that's what makes it an adventure!
Seek and you shall find. People are so helpful once you get chatting. The man who sold us our phone gave me all sorts of tips for getting a yoga class started over here, and the irish guys we met who are working in a bar in Hossegor offered us contacts for winter season work. We've kept the ball rolling writing CVs in our very best french, and getting set up with a french mobile phone, and a few work leads here and there. However, while it's still raining we'll hold off on intensive job searching, it's not enough to be in the right place, you need to be there at the right time. Also drowned rats don't look very presentable.
In the meantime we've also explored a bit, Bordeaux was really cool and the amazing water feature at Place de la Bourse made for some interesting yoga. On the foodie side of things, apparently people here are really into japanese cuisine, there are sushi bars all over the place and they even deliver. We tried an authentic noodle bar, Fufu, which was yum. So authentic it even had a toilet imported from Japan! I'm writing this post from a place called Cafe Ono, which sounds and looks japanese, beautiful wooden tables and stools everywhere, turns out to our disappointment though no noodles. Still it's a cool aesthetic, nice place to have a coffee or pomegranate green tea, (are we in the States or France??)
We visited the Museum of Decorative Arts (once an art history student, always an art history student....) where they had a cool exhibition that paired new design objects with much older pieces, nice idea for an exhibition. We've been swimming in the Ocean and getting our frisbee skills up, and plan to get some surfing in tomorrow. I've got some serious van envy, there are a lot of people here with nice set ups, it's all inspiration!
I'll keep you posted on how our first surf session goes and if we've got anything closer to some work.......